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NO MORE BRISTOL FOLK HOUSE OPEN MIKE NIGHTS!

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Rosemary Dun announced this week that due to ill health and a change of management she’s had to hang up her spangly frocks and put an end to the legendary Bristol Folk House Open Mike night.

“I’ve had loads of fun hosting it,” says Rosemary, “I want to thank all of the performers who have made this night special over the years as well as all the members of the audience who were always great.

However, the end of an era is not always sad as it marks the beginning of another on...

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NY v UK Transatlantic Slam

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Here's something novel, as part of the Oxford Science Festival, a poetry slam hosted simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, connected and projected via an internet link.

Taylor Mali leads a team of New York slam champions live from Manhattan screened instantaneously in the UK where a team of UK slam champions attempt to show the world who has the greatest poetic performers.

@ Science Oxford, 1-5 London Place, East Oxford 8th March 2008 8pm GMT for more information email events@hammerandton...

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TUT, TUT It’s THE UGLY TREE poetry magazine

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THE UGLY TREE poetry magazine’s latest issue, just launched, has a host of poets and their work. There’s an interview with, and poetry from, Gerry Potter (aka Chloe Poems) plus: Tony Walsh, Hannah Kate, Caroline England, Dave Hall, Vincent Berquez, Dermot Glennon, Kate Noakes, Matt Doran, Sarah L. Dixon, John G. Hall, Todd Swift & Geoff Stevens.
To order a copy: www.mucusart.co.uk/theuglytree.htm <http://www.mucusart.co.uk/theuglytree.htm> or visit Cornerhouse bookshop on Oxford St in Manches...

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Southport Saturday Writing Surgeries!

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Last Saturday of every month in the bar at Southport Arts Centre, Lord Street, Southport
Workshop 1: Sat 23rd Feb and last Saturday each month
12 to 3pm
Run by award-winning writer Alison Chisholm. In February we will focus on characters so come along if you’ve ever wondered how to create realistic characters and give them a voice.
No experience necessary
For more information call Sefton Arts Development on 07792258413
Or email: Kate.Gorst@leisure.sefton.gov.uk
Or just come along on the day!
(Please n...

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Route Magazine Opportunities

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The Route Book at Bedtime looks scheduled to be published in the Autumn, so a deadline for submissions will soon be set. It’s likely that this deadline will be early summer so if you’d like to get a story in, you need to be thinking about it now.

Submission guidelines visit www.id-publishing.com
Route publishing programme visit www.route-online.com
General enquiries please mail info@route-online.com

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Prizes for Poetry - Here

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Yes even more chances to win some dosh!

Pulsar, Year 2007/2008, Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-08

For poems of up to 40 lines. Open to everyone over 16 years of age. Final Adjudicator: David Pike. First prize £125, second prize £75, third prize £50.
Entry Fee: £2.50 for the first poem, subsequent poems £1.50 each

Contact: Poetry Competition Administrator, Pulsar Poetry Magazine, 34 Lineacre, GragePark, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 6DA

Website: www.pulsarpoetry.com

Torbay Open Po...

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We Are Poets!

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Zingedy! Dingedy! Bingedy! Bong! Limericks, rhymes, poems and songs. Awarding winning poet and performer Helên’s much anticipated collection for 7-11 year olds, "We are Poets!" is available now. With illustrations by Paul Neads.

 
 The We Are Poets! anthology features a selection of children’s poems ranging from the floor filling anthemic action poem: 'Everybody Everywhere Stomp Your Feet!' to the calming chill-out poetry of 'Memory Beach'. The book showcases a variety of poetic...

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Write Out Loud’s Tony Walsh wins Birmingham Slam

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Congratulations to Write Out Loud regular Tony Walsh for winning the "Big Love" Valentine slam at Birmingham's Midlands Arts Centre on Friday, adding this success to his recent fantastic commissioned piece at the British Library, reported last week.
He is now picking up even more prestigious gigs on top of invitations to Warsaw and Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Tony’s talent is at last being recognised, although Lady Luck did play a part on Friday.
Arriving late as a spectator, having been to...

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International Women’s Week Liverpool

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International Women’s Week Liverpool - 3rd to 12th March

  Women Wanted – DJ's, Comediennes, Banner Makers, Poets, Actors etc.

If you want to be involved then please contact the relevant co-ordinators for each of the events

Any women’s groups, organisations and individuals are welcome to get involved; a commitment to furthering ‘peace and empowerment of women’ is requested.


IWD 08 Art Exhibition

Venue: The Egg Café, off Bold Street/Renshaw Street, Liverpool
Month lon...

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Niamh carries the Poetry Flame To A New Generation!

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In this age of the DVD, computer games and ipods, it's good to know that at least some of the latest generation are still interested in writing poetry. For instance, Niamh Foley from the Wirral (pictured), is not only interested in poetry but has already won a prize and is determined to make poetry an important part of her life.

Well done Niamh! And don’t forget, in only nine years we’ll be seeing you at one of our poetry events when you’ll be so good….well the mind bogglesâ...

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Calling Newton-Le-Willows writers

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Anyone fancy helping start a new open-floor night in Newton-Le-Willows?  Contact Johnny Dee and offer your support: johnnydee@blueyonder.co.uk.
That's Newton railway station, by the way.


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Children's Literature Festival

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The festival runs from the 14th to 22nd February. Featuring a top line-up of children's writers including Michael Rosen, John Hegley, Philip Ardagh, Jeremy Strong, Francesca Beard, Eoin Colfer and children's stand-up comedian James Campbell.

This year's Imagine Festival is a feast of words, laughter, jokes and games especially for children. Featuring storytelling, fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy and music, the festival features top children's authors and performers. The fun tak...

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London Word Festival

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After months of hard work the Festival Team is proud (and pretty excited!) to announce this year's lineup. From the godfather of hip-hop poetry Saul Williams (pictured) to cult indie musician and writer Edward Larrikin and spoken word duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip; from novelists Joshua Ferris and Joe Dunthorne to comedians Josie Long and Richard Herring. We hope there's something wordy for everyone!

The festival runs from 20 February - 14 March 2008 and for full details see http://www.london...

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And The Winner is............

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Here are links for 6 competitions - good luck!

Deadline

Competition

Judge

9th Feb

Norwich Writers' Circle 2008 Open Poetry Competition

www.norwichwriters.org.uk

John Coleridge, Mary Ingate, Doris Corti

30th Apr

Ver Poets Open Competition 2008

www.verpoets.org.uk/page_03.htm

Maggie Butt.

30th Apr

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition
Click  here for details - pdf

J...

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Little Bird Wants Your Work - Possibly

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Little Bird Magazine is looking for submissions: No poem is too short but anything over 50 or so lines is quite long enough. We'd like to print poems that fulfil any of the following: Lively, Amusing, Rhythmical, Use local dialect, Are about Liverpool in some way, Make interesting use of rhyme. Here are a few themes which reflect our content: Liverpool. Literature, Art, Theatre, Music, Architecture, Pigeons, Obsession, Frustration, Creativity, Little birds. We are happy to receive ...

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Crow of Murders at the Contact

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A queer community poetry installation on the theme of modern love at Contact Theatre, Oxford Road Manchester from 8.30pm this Friday and Saturday and it's Free!

This is the poet Dominic Berry's (pictured) directorial debut; we've got 20 of Manchester's best poets (including Jackie Hagan, Lisa B, Freed Up's Steve O and Contact's At Home artist the fantastic Fergus) who have been working really hard since December to create an honest and original exciting modern piece.
 
"There's somet...

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Big Love Potion

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Big Love Potion

from Monkfish Productions

Thursday 7th February starting at 8.00pm


We have been working hard all weekend to bring you a dark new multi-media spoken word cabaret event.  I have seen the rehearsal, I have watched the performers, I have even written a piece myself and it’s going to be fantastic... One hour of Big Love... DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT......

It  will feature brand new work from both professional (e.g. Ross Sutherland ...

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Singer/Songwriter Workshop

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Finding Your Voice: STAND AND DELIVER

Sevenoaks, Kent
Fax +44 (0) 208 333 2468                               www.commonwork.org
creative@tomrobinson.com                            www.tomrobinson.com/stand

Finding Your Voice  presents  STAND AND DELIVER

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April 2008 

This weekend workshop has been developed for songwriters and singers of all abilities. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an absolute beginner you'll find your creative confidence...

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Tony Walsh - surely the Gods' Pollocks of the spoken word

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That’s according to Jeremy Myerson, Prof of Design Studies at The Royal College of Art.
Tony’s 20-minute poem, Zeroes and Ones, was declared the highlight of the WorkTech, the annual workplace, technology and innovation conference at The British Library, by some of the 400 delegates:
 â€œâ€¦performance of Zeroes and Ones. It was quite an extraordinary experience and undoubtedly the most memorable event of an excellent conference.”
Joanna Bawa, Editor, Usability News
"Very, very clever" John De...

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Poem of the month

Soul

Last month's poem of the month writer, Cath Nichols, has chosen this month's poem. Cath says,"Catherine Smith’s poem starts in a recognizable place (the religious door-to-door salesman) but then morphs off elsewhere. It encourages empathy but also surprises. I like that the religious type is not a Jehovah’s Witness, he’s ‘Presbyterian’, and that the woman trapped on her doorstep visualizes her soul as a tatty mongrel dog that she’s happy to lose. This is so distinctly ‘other’...

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CultureWord Competition

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As the 200th anniversary of the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade passes, we invite North West based poets to submit original poems of up to sixty lines that engage with the theme of:  Manchester, cotton and the slave trade. 

 

Closing date: Monday 18th February 2008.

 

Very Brief Background

 

Manchester’s wealth was built on its cotton mills.  These mills sourced cotton from slave plantations of the Southern States of America.  Cotton was often brought to England by ships ...

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Spiralling upwards

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A FREE intensive Creative Writing Course
and Literacy Workshop

Have you been a UK/EC/EEA resident for the last 3 years

Are you aged 16 or over?

Do you live/employee/volunteer in Greater Manchester?

If so you are eligible for this  free  two-session course at Bury College (OCN accredited and supported by the European Social Fund, terms and conditions apply)

Saturday 23rd February 9.30 ?" 4.0

                                                            &

Saturd...

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Ted Walter's Short Story and Poetry Competition

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‘The 3rd Annual Ted Walters International Short Story and Poetry Competition 2009.’

1st prize Short Story Category: Competition Winner £200, Runner up will receive £50

1st Prize Poetry Category: Competition Winner £200, Runner up will receive £50.

Competition Description & Rules. 

Deadline for all categories 31st May 2009.
(Unfortunately any entries received after the above date will be deemed invalid.)

The University of Liverpool Creative Writing S...

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Bank Street Writer's Poetry Competition 2008

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Poems: up to 40 lines, any subject and style.

Judge: Linda Chase

Linda Chase is an American poet, living in Manchester, who teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and runs Poets and Players.
    Publications ?" These Goodbyes,  Fatchance Press, 1995; with Carcanet ?" The Wedding Spy, 2001 and Extended Family, 2006

Cash Prizes: 1st prize,  £70;   2nd,  £40;   3rd,   £25.

Plus: Sweetens Bookshop Prize: £30.00 book token for the best poem...

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Return of Re:Verberate!

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Yes, all you live lit lovers it's back, Manchester's foremost live literature night but it's a new time and new place though it's still absolutely FREE!

Monday January 28th 2008
Show starts 6pm
FREE ENTRY
Manchester Central Library Committee Room St. Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

This month RE:Verberate is here to put the pep back in your literary step this winter with a fantastic evening of entertainment.
Readers:
Grace Cadbury Sobey
Paul Neads, independent publisher of The Ugly Tree and artist Con...

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Arran 2008 Workshop

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The Poetry Party invites you to be one of the first writers to take part in our latest Isle of Arran,  Scotland workshop adventure on 28th June to 5th July 2008 only , £400 accommodation & expert poetry tutorship.

In the company of professional poets you will enjoy individual tutoring & group workshops run by published poets & experienced performance poets.

Up to now they will run like this:

* open-to-all workshops each morning 10-12ish
* private writing time in the afternoon
* open-to-all get toget...

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WORD MARKET FESTIVAL 2008

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Word Market celebrates the written word through a programme of exciting, live events and projects throughout the year.

As well as an annual festival, we hold regular workshops, master-classes and performances – with well-known poets, best-selling authors, publishers, literary agents and theatre directors. 

Word Market has something to offer all ages, abilities and interests. 

Word Market – for people who love words.

Introduction

Dear Readers and Writers

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Poets Wanted for Embryo, Salford

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Embryo (Studio Salford) are currently booking acts for their next event on Feb 1st and are particularly looking for some spoken word/poetry acts to perform a 10 minute slot. So if you are interested email your details to embryostudio@yahoo.co.uk.

To find out more about Studio Salford and Embryo check out http://www.studiosalford.com/


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WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION

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Mslexia 2008 WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION

Judge: Carol Ann Duffy

1st Prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250

22 other finalists will win £25 each and all winning poems will be published in Mslexia

Closing date: 25 APRIL 2008 see http://www.mslexia.co.uk/menu/stop_press/poetry_comp.html

Winners will be notified mid-June and winning poems will be published in the summer issue of Mslexia (early July)

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Creative Writing Courses

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Lancaster University Department of Continuing Eduation offers a range of Creative Writing courses for those interested in writing for pleasure or profit. Courses run throughout the year with fees ranging from £44. Why not join us for our Creative Writing Celebration Week (14 - 20 June 2008) which includes poetry writing courses, workshops, readings and other attractions. Please contact us on 01524 592623/4 for a brochure or visit www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/conted

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Is Your Poetry Worth £5k?

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2008 Cardiff International Poetry Competition Closing Date:

Friday 1 February 2008

The closing date for the 2008 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is looming ever closer. But don’t panic there are still a couple of weeks left in which to enter the competition and be in with the chance of walking away with a massive £5000 for just one poem. With further prizes of £500 for second place, £250 for third, and £50 each for five runners-up there’s even more chance of winnin...

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8 Week Creative Writing Course

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Develop your writing skills at a University of Manchester creative writing course open to the public. The course will be led by Creina Mansfield and will be held on 8 consecutive Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 pm starting 23 January 2008 at a cost of £112.00. Venue for the course is the Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road (Close to the Contact Theatre) Manchester.Email  cce.reception@manchester.ac.uk for more information, Call 0161 275 3275 to applyThe course aims to develop students' writing th...

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Multicultural Storytelling Season starts this Thursday

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Here’s a brilliant idea: FREE informal storytelling circle sessions to tie in with  national ‘day ofs’ and ‘week ofs’, like Chinese New year and National Book Day.
The first and perhaps most important is: Stories of Childhood and Families, 17th January
The events run from January to March, as part of  Liverpool Capital of Culture - and it doesn’t involve Ringo or The Fat Controller. All take place at Life Bank Centre, Quorn Street, Kensington, L7 2QR. More details in Gig Guide.

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Surreal Art, Magical Poetry

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Surreal Art, Magical Poetry At Tate Modern, London
Led by award-winning poet Pascale Petit


Mondays 11 February 2008 – 17 March 2008, 18.30–20.00

Starting in Poetry and Dream, then working in the Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia exhibition, this six-week course invites you to write magical poetry from surreal art. Creative writing exercises will be offered to respond to these innovative artists and free the imagination. We will explore some of their techniques, such as collage, the ...

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Buxton Poetry Competition 2008

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The theme of the first Buxton Poetry Competition is Water. Buxton’s development has been dominated by the importance and abundance of water, one of the world’s most important, enjoyable and life-giving commodities.

The Competition

The competition is open to anyone of any age. There are three competition categories:

Open Poetry  Ages 19 and over Young People’s Poetry Young people aged between 12 and 18 Children’s Poetry Children aged up to 11 years old Competition ThemePoems sho...

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Beat The January Blues!

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Scribble creative writing magazine is open to poetry / story submissions on the subject of NEW for its spring issue.   Send your work to Kim Haygarth at kim@cartwheelarts.org.uk by Friday 29th February and include your name and postal address.  Submissions under 300 words are recommended.

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Cath Nichols' poem of the month

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Our first poem of the month for 2008 was written by the popular leading North West poet, Cath Nichols. One-time coordinator of Liverpool's Dead Good Poets Society, Cath has gone on to various commissions and publications, including a highly successful radio play, appearances at several literature and arts festivals, and publications and recordings including Oxfam's ‘Life lines’ CD (£4.99 from your local Oxfam!), where she appears alongside Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Wendy Cope, et a...

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Some Competitions!

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Here are some more competitions:


ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S WRITERS COMPETITION

We are currently promoting our Twenty Third Annual Write a Story for Children Competition that is open to all amateur writers over the age of 18. There are cash prizes of £2,000 for the best story submitted, £300 for second prize and £200 for the third placed story.
Independent judges, who will be looking for such qualities as originality, imagination and flair, will read the entries. Most importantly, they w...

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Could you be the next Poet Laureate of the Peak?

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Alec Rapkin (pictured), 64, is an amateur naturalist who was announced as the Peak District's first Poet Laureate on National Poetry Day (October 6 2005) after a competition that drew national attention.

Now you could be the second Peake Poet Laureate to find out how check out the link below http://www.artsinthepeak.co.uk/poet%20laureate%20of%20the%20peak.pdf


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Poem of the month

Fear of Falling

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Last month's poem of the month writer, Andy Hopkins, has chosen this month's poem. Andy says,"I really like its form in the opening stanza - with the rushed downward movement. I also like the sheer absurdity of the concept that she brings to light - allowing the poetic moment (and the strangeness of human science and endeavour) to speak for itself." Find out more about Cath and her work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/poets/cathnichols Fear of Falling A raw egg was placed gently in ...

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